Show Racism the Red Card comes to Portsmouth Football Club

Here is Gav and Lionel (on the left) from SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD who came to Portsmouth Football Club to train ALPS accredited learning tutors on delivering this work in Portsmouth schools.
From the left Rowshonara, Sue Castillon (Director) Catherine, Duke and Jo will be delivering 4 week courses to extend students knowledge in recognising racism and having the confidence to stand up to it with adults and teachers help. We will be exploring when and how hate incidents occur and how to collectively deal with them. We will link it to the extensive work I have done in schools on dealing with bullying. See my website and resource packs
SRTRC have made at our disposal, training packs, materials and videos to assist our lesson plans and I am developing a 4 week course with learning outcomes that match the subject headings.
Many thanks to the unions who provided the funding for SRTRC to come to Portsmouth; Portsmouth Trades Council, Unison, Unite, CWU, Unite Community.


Keep Milton Green Campaign

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Sunday 31st January 2016
Supporting 150 Milton ward campaigners to save mature trees on the green site around St James Hospital. We found when we got there that the council had already chopped 4 trees down. We suspect that this is in preparation for building 140 houses on the site. Although residents recognise the need for new accommodation their aim in their year long campaign was to preserve the wild life, flora, fauna and trees and campaign for a few less houses. This week planning permission was granted by the council for the development. However local people are developing a local neighbourhood plan in order to have more of a say in what facilities and green spaces they can hold onto in an already overcrowded and dense city.

Sue at St. Mary’s Church May Fayre

Sue and the team had an amazing time at the May Fayre today. Talking to hundreds of people, handing out many leaflets, and distributing countless ‘Vote Labour’ balloons to children. Great fun and we are all so pleased with the amount of support shown.

Here are some photos from today:

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My meeting with David Gorham National Autistic Society

On the 1st of April I met David who has autism who explained to me the work of the National Autistic Society.  He is campaigning for those with autism to receive the services they need and raise awareness of the issues of autism with the public.

He was very interesting to listen to and made his points well with practical suggestions for how we could all help. e.g. Holding an afternoon tea party raising awareness, fund raising and connecting the public with Autistic society members.

Should I be elected I have agreed to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Autism and make this statement on social media,

“I’m standing with the people in my constituency living with autism to make sure they receive the everyday support they need.”

Sue Castillon  Labour Parliamentary candidate Portsmouth South


Sue with Rod and Lyndsay Edwards from the Portsmouth Society


Here we are attending the public consultation on South Parade Pier at the Royal Beach Hotel where we met with MA Architect students from Portsmouth University. Alongside 300 people we put forward our ideas of how we want to see the pier restored for the future. The students presented their ideas, one of which was to develop dementia friendly zones teaming them up with young people in an intergenerational project. Most people appeared to want to revive the traditional entertainment for all ages and combine this with 21st century activities.
There was a real buzz about the room and lots of interactions. The students are going to collate the information they received and hold another event to present their findings. We do love our Pier!

Progress on the doorstep

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABig thanks to John, Josh and Ben for turning out every Saturday morning to do door knocking in very cold conditions. Portsmouth residents do want to talk with us on a wide range of subjects car parking,education, housing, the bedroom tax and much more. There is an overall feeling that residents are pretty fed up with this government and also with the LibDems. One man said that in the 2010 General Election he voted LibDem, he thought tactically, to get the Tories out “Well that did not work did it? I am voting Labour in May.”

We are producing some really good results on Labour promises from 50% to 70% and I am checking the figures several times to make sure I have got it right! City wide it feels like we are turning a corner, we are getting less adverse comments about Ed Milliband and people are thinking, talking and debating. We still have threats from UKIP and the Green Party and other smaller parties but I am registering miniscule numbers voting this way.

I do think it will be a straight fight between Labour and Tory on election day although in Portsmouth South the betting offices have me 4th on 16/1 Flick Drummond evens, GVJackson 5/2, UKIP 6/2. It may be worth a flutter on me I know someone who has put £10 down. I never thought I would end up compared to a horse race but hey ho that’s life and politics!

Community Activist